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Class of 2016

    • 10/13/2017

      Michelle Coombs Pavón BA ’16 is currently attending the University of Colorado at Denver, where she is a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling with a multicultural emphasis. Once licensed, Coombs Pavón hopes to provide services to minority populations and advocate for social justice issues.

    • 06/01/2018

      Caleb Diehl BA ’16 is a reporter for Oregon Business magazine. In June 2018, he served as the magazine’s embedded reporter on a trade mission to Bangkok, Thailand. He accompanied a contingent from Business Oregon, Prosper Portland, and eight small renewable energy companies as they represented the state at ASEAN sustainable energy week, one of the largest renewable energy conferences in Southeast Asia.

    • 10/13/2017

      Sophia Freuden BA ’16, a Fulbright recipient, recently returned from Kazan, Russia, where she was stationed as an English teaching assistant. After braving the Russian winter, she returned to the States in late June and is now working as a legal assistant in Portland. Freuden also manages Arbitror, an economics and policy publication, with 30 other young scholars worldwide, including several L&C alums.

    • 09/13/2019

      Greg Geraldo BA ’16 took a position as a full-time teacher at the Sierra Academy for Expeditionary Learning, a public charter high school, in Nevada City, California. Geraldo teaches English, intro to psychology, and photojournalism, He also leads a first-year “crew,” which is a character-building course in which students set academic and character goals; foster belonging; and support one another. “Sierra Academy is in alignment with Lewis & Clark College in terms of their shared goals of inclusivity, social justice, and mentorship,” says Geraldo. “Every day, I have an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge we learned at L&C in our classrooms. Go Firewolves!”

    • 10/13/2017

      Danni Green BA ’16 is currently living with a host family in Saarbrücken, Germany, as an ambassador to the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. In the yearlong program, Americans take language courses, attend university classes, do volunteer work, and pursue an internship while Germans do the same in the United States. Although the program is political in nature, it is organized around the goal of cultivating cultural understanding between Germans and Americans.

    • 02/15/2017

      Marley Hauser BA ’16 volunteers for SheWinS, a Vermont-based foundation that empowers young girls in South Africa through sports. In January 2017, Hauser departed for Memel, South Africa, for a three-month stay as a soccer coach. Hauser will also serve as an academic mentor and a women’s reproductive rights advocate.

    • 07/11/2019

      Alexa Jakusovszky BA ’16 works in the office of Oregon State Representative Karin Power, where they focus on environmental and LGBTQ policy. Last summer, Jakusovszky hosted a trivia night at Migration Brewing Company in Portland in support of the Bus Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging young people politically as voters and political actors.

    • 10/14/2016

      Marlón Jiménez Oviedo BA ’16 appeared in Broken Promises, a play by Olga Sanchez, last fall at the Phoenix (Arizona) Theater. Based on the true stories of teen women lured into prostitution and pornography, the play provides an opportunity to discuss health and sex in low-income communities.

    • 10/13/2017

      Leann Knapp BA ’16 has been working for state representative Teresa Alonso Leon, who represents Oregon House District 22. Knapp first started out as field director for the legislator’s 2016 election campaign, which was eventually endorsed by President Barack Obama. She is proud to work for Alonso Leon, who is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and Oregon’s first immigrant legislator.


    • 06/27/2019

      Jessye Lavine BA ’16 was accepted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal government research institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Working with a psychiatrist in the institute’s neuroimaging research branch, Lavine will study the treatment of alcohol and prescription opioid addiction.

    • 10/13/2017

      Claudia Lew BA ’16 is an intern in the Presidio Trust’s media relations department. As an intern, Lew assists with media outreach and coverage; event coordination; and activities and programming for the Presidio, a national park in San Francisco.

    • 02/15/2017

      Corey O’Neill BA ’16 spent a portion of fall 2016 working with NextGen Climate, an organization that works to raise awareness of climate change on college campuses.

    • 10/13/2017

      Ellie Olitsky BA ’16 completed a summer sculpture residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also traveled to Singapore, where she worked for Art Stage Singapore, a premier art fair. After the fair ended, Olitsky recalled her overseas study experience in Beijing, which led her to a job with a start-up gallery in Shanghai. She is excited to begin working and taking on new challenges at the pop-up gallery.

    • 02/08/2019

      Trevor Sargent BA ’16 spoke at the theatre department’s recent “Exits and Entrances” event, which featured L&C theatre alumni who are part of the Portland performance community. Sargent is an assistant designer at Artists Repertory Theatre. He has also served as lead technical director for productions at Third Rail, Imago, and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

    • 10/09/2017

      Julian Strachan BA ’16 is currently in Bologna, Italy, attending the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

    • 10/14/2016

      Emily Thompson BA ’16 was nominated for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Woman of the Year Award.

    • 10/14/2016

      Joe Williams BA ’16 was featured in a news story on CBS San Francisco KPIX 5 after graduation. Williams was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, and the story delves into his success despite challenging circumstances in his younger life.

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